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The Purpose of Student Science Notebooks


Scientists use notebooks to record ideas and understandings. The practice of using science notebooks engages students in thinking about real-world situations and scientific ideas introduced in lessons and activities.

Review science notebook pages from several scientists through the following link:

Example Scientist Notebook Entries

Time to Reflect

How do the science notebooks provide a "window" into the thinking of scientists? How might the notebooks serve as a primary source for the scientists? In the reflection box, write your ideas.